by Ms Rachel BOTI, Cote d’Ivoire
Given the many Climate MRV Transparency initiatives launched after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, it is important to highlight what distinguishes the WA-MRV Programme as a unique approach.
Unfortunately, after many years, Climate MRV remains a tool that is still not widely used, nor the value understood in West Africa. Domestic implementation remains a significant challenge. Nationally functional and effective Climate MRV requires widespread public awareness; functional institutional arrangements; clear, regular communications; broad technical capacities across many different ministries, sectors, levels of government, civil society and the private sector; and much more.
On the ground, across the diversity of West Africa, the MRV challenges and priorities are different and specific from one country to another. This was clearly highlighted in the March 2020, High-level Regional Technical MRV Consultation in Abidjan (English, French); where the group’s discussion identified several specific MRV Capacity and Coordination Challenges.
To make MRV operational on the ground, it is fundamental to involve key local stakeholders. They must be engaged and empowered in the process in order to understand perspectives, identify domestic needs and then address the gaps.
The WA-MRV Programme seeks to empower countries and especially to develop the technical and financial means to take ownership of Climate MRV. Improving the domestic MRV process in each country for SLCP and GHG emission inventories, the MRV of mitigation actions, and the MRV of climate finance; will improve the progress of policy decisions and infrastructure investments towards achieving the NDC and other national development objectives.
Fifteen West African countries are benefiting from the WA-MRV Programme’s support. Importantly, the countries themselves are responsible for defining and pursuing their own work plan.
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Progress to Date
Since just January 2020, a little over one year, the WA-MRV Programme has supported:
15 scoping studies on the National Climate MRV systems;
68 experts from the sub-region in ongoing MRV technical training and
12 National Climate MRV Communities of Practice established.
There is also rich documentation which compiles all these outputs.
In addition, South-South cooperation is also at the heart of the Programme. Already there have been effective exchanges between the Pacific Alliance and the countries of West Africa. This has made it possible to share experience not only on good practices but also the organization of sectoral trainings, particularly on the MRV of Solid Waste.
The WA-MRV Programme is a dynamic, evolving Programme, led by the participating countries and which is able to meet their real needs to make MRV operational on the ground.
Author: Rachel BOTI, Regional Coordinator of the WA-MRV Programme
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